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Indian origin child rescues older cousin

In an exemplary show of courage, a five year-old child of Indian origin in Trinidad and Tobago rescues her 20 year-old cousin from a kidnapper.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 18:50 IST

In an exemplary show of courage and presence of mind, a five-year-old girl of Indian origin in Trinidad and Tobago helped rescue her 20-year-old cousin from the clutches of a kidnapper.

Priya Seeram was traveling in a car with her cousin Candice Beharry on the wheel in Moruga, southern Trinidad, on Sunday afternoon when someone from behind the bushes threw a boulder at the car, reports said.

Candice then got out of the car to check the damage, but on hearing footsteps behind her, she got back into the car. However, before she could lock the door, a man tried to pull her away.

Little Priya, daughter of a hardware store owner, then raised an alarm while at the same time pulling her cousin back into the car.

"A man (the alleged kidnapper) appeared and dragged Candice out of the car. I was trying to pull her back. The man asked me to go back into the car and sit quietly," Priya later said.

But the little girl ran away from the car and after a quarter of a mile, met some construction labourers working on a bridge, who then took her to a relative to whom she narrated the incident.

Priya's act of courage did not just end there.

She then guided her relatives and other villagers to the spot where Candice was kidnapped and gave vital clues about who to look for and what to look for, the newspaper reported.

The villagers then formed a ring cutting off a large area, within which they believed the kidnapper was holding Beharry.

A couple in a nearby village, who had spotted the kidnapper and the victim, also helped the searchers.

After almost five hours of searching with a combined police unit from the nearby Princes Town and San Fernando police stations and the Anti-Kidnapping Squad, Candice was spotted running on a private road, another report in Newsday said.

The kidnapper, who held Candice with a cutlass to her throat, apparently realised that he was losing the game and ran away.

"Priya was very brave and bright. She sensed the danger and knew she had to find help. We thank her," Candice's sister Leyanna later said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2006 18:36 IST